- System: Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Developer: Deck 13
- Release Date: Oct 2, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action, RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://thesurge-game.com/>
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Seeing as this is the second expansion DLC for The Surge, we’re going to skip our usual recap of what to expect in terms of gameplay. Instead, we’re going to jump into the meat and potatoes that makes up The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented and what you’re going to be entering in. The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented is divided into 9 singular episodes that can be either unlocked individually through completion of specific parts of the main game—the first three unlock after the first major boss battle—but are fully accessible for those going through new game+. The main concept of The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented is simple, enter a western-like TV show stage filled with challenges and battles to eventually face off against a so-called challenger. Along the way, you’ll earn new gear and will find that The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented has some clever ways of making you want to replay sections over and over again for new armor sets and weapons.
As per usual, players will need to face off against various baddies that want nothing more to rip Warren’s new legs off his body but in The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented things aren’t so simple as usual. When you enter an episode, you’ll notice that there are usually strange trials and tribulations to conquer on your way to the Challenger and after you beat the episode, you gain modifiers which change the settings of the entire episode for chances at better gear but at the consequence of having to adhere to the modifiers rules. This makes for some fun battles in The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented and equally will make the grind—which there’s a whole ton of—a bit more manageable. Dying also must be avoided as death during the episode makes you lose all your items gained and restarts you at the beginning. When you get to the challenger, however, you will be given chances to restart if during the run to the boss you were lucky to nab some Lucky Coins which act as extra lives during the boss fight. The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented feels more like a gimmick piece of DLC, but equally, the feeling of more straight forward battles and arenas isn’t a bad one and gave us some extra time with a game we enjoyed more often than not.
We do have some issues with The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented and while they aren’t bad, they are problems to be noted out. The first major problem with The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented is the fact that you need to have completed the game for all 9 episodes to unlock instantly or you will need to get through the main game to unlock each episode and that might require some time for newcomers or if you were like us and lost our data for The Surge causing us to have to restart the game from nearly scratch. The second problem we noticed in The Surge: The Good, the Bad and the Augmented is that there are some bugs here and there that caused us to face some strange deaths. One bug caused our instant kill attack to launch us off the side of train cart arena in episode 1. We also had the game crash not once but twice which in turn made us restart the episode from the beginning. These problems might only be minor, but we noticed them on our end and wanted to make sure you guys were aware of them.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- The 9-episode challenge maps are challenging and filled with new weapons and armor sets to get
- Modifiers make for some interesting challenges and too keep the rooms from growing stale
- Wild west setting is strange but fitting for the world of The Surge
- New weapons to get and armor sets will keep you busy for some time
- Expect to die a lot due to some seriously tough challenges if you’re under leveled
- To get to all 9 episodes you will need to advance through the main game meaning newcomers might need to do some work
- Some game bugs caused us several deaths and restarts